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by danwismar » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:13 pm
by bac5665 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:23 pm
danwismar wrote:Braxton Miller will start against Colorado, says Luke Fickell this afternoon. three games late.
by e0y2e3 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:32 pm
by danwismar » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:49 pm
by peeker643 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:57 pm
danwismar wrote:The other move I'm anxious to see is Christian Bryant replacing Orhian Johnson at safety. Like the move to Miller, I think it's bound to happen...just a matter of when. The sooner the better. Corey Brown is a special athlete, but I still think he's at best the third best safety on the team after Barnett and Bryant.
by danwismar » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:20 pm
by peeker643 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:53 pm
danwismar wrote:Far be it from me to try to elevate your opinion of Fickell...but I'll take a crack at your questions...Don't think the hamstring tweak mattered much, if at all...Beat writers I respect who watched fall practices were of the opinion that Bauserman did look good running the offense...to the point that there was very little question after August practices that he would be the best bet to start at the beginning of the season. His passing was seemingly improved over what they had seen previously (admittedly surprising many of them). Meanwhile, Braxton was flashing the elusiveness that comes naturally to him, but he wasn't setting the world on fire with decision-making or with consistency as a passer. In other words, he was playing like a freshman.No doubt JoeB had the best grasp of the playbook...to the extent that makes a difference, starting him made some sense. I don't think anyone anticipated his seeming inability to see the field...read defenses...make on-the-fly adjustments...stuff you don't find out about when you're running practices against your own team's defense. He had had minimal playing time in games, obviously, in his first three seasons.I'd say a general deference to upperclassmen was a minimal factor. Even in the first game, we saw plenty of freshmen blowing by more experienced upperclassmen at other positions....Bennett, Devin Smith, Ryan Shazier, Evan Spencer, Joel Hale, etc. If Fickell hadn't thought playing JoeB gave him the best chance to win, he wouldn't have played him. And the same can be said of today's announcement.
by danwismar » Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:57 pm
peeker643 wrote:I can't get past the feeling Fickell will be an interim nightmare when we look back on the program in ten years.
by peeker643 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:34 pm
by Cerebral_DownTime » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:49 pm
by danwismar » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:05 pm
peeker643 wrote:Interesting discussion on the way home after hearing Fickell on the radio:Is this now Miller's gig completely?If he's a disaster can you and do you go back to Bauserman and risk losing whatever support the fan base has left for Fickell?If Bauserman was an option does Graham move up to backup behind Miller?Does Guiton have any role at the spot or is he potentially a guy that could replace a Miller package if Miller fails miserably?
by peeker643 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:22 pm
danwismar wrote:peeker643 wrote:Interesting discussion on the way home after hearing Fickell on the radio:Is this now Miller's gig completely?If he's a disaster can you and do you go back to Bauserman and risk losing whatever support the fan base has left for Fickell?If Bauserman was an option does Graham move up to backup behind Miller?Does Guiton have any role at the spot or is he potentially a guy that could replace a Miller package if Miller fails miserably?No turning back from Miller at this point...at least that's my guess. You sink or swim with the guy now. If you're experimenting with Graham or Guiton at this point in the season with your supposed stud freshman on the bench, it's really all over. If you go back to Bauserman as your best option...well...I don't even want to think about that.
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